John Lahr, reviewing Michael Frayn's new play, "Democracy," in The New Yorker. More:
"The 'I' that we confidently broadcast to the world is a fiction — a jerry-built container for the volatile unconscious elements that divide and confound us. In this sense, personal history and public history share the same dynamic principle: both are fables agreed upon."
"'Everyone has a range of possibilities and characters in themselves,' Frayn said recently. 'And the process of arriving at a common policy is curiously complex. A bit like a Cabinet making decisions... there's a democracy going on inside of each of us.'"
I am reminded of the great Polish theater director Jerzy Grotowski's epigram:
"Daily life involves endless pretexts."
And this, from Shakespeare:
"We know what we are, but not what we may become."